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Proverbs 6 (New American Standard)

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Parental Counsel

1 My son, if you have become 1surety for your neighbor, Have agiven a pledge for a stranger, 2 If you have been snared with the words of your mouth, Have been caught with the words of your mouth, 3 Do this then, my son, and deliver yourself; Since you have come into the bhand of your neighbor, Go, humble yourself, and importune your neighbor. 4 Give no 2sleep to your eyes, Nor slumber to your eyelids; 5 Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hunter's hand And like a 3bird from the hand of the fowler. 6 Go to the 4ant, O 5sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise, 7 Which, having 6no chief, Officer or ruler, 8 Prepares her food 7in the summer And gathers her provision in the harvest. 9 How long will you lie down, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? 10 "8A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to crest "- 11 9Your poverty will come in like a dvagabond And your need like ean armed man. 12 A 10worthless person, a wicked man, Is the one who walks with a 11perverse mouth, 13 Who 12winks with his eyes, who fsignals with his feet, Who gpoints with his fingers; 14 Who with 13perversity in his heart continually 14devises evil, Who h15spreads strife. 15 Therefore 16his calamity will come suddenly; 17Instantly he will be broken and there will be 18no healing. 16 There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination ito Him: 17 19Haughty eyes, a 20lying tongue, And hands that 21shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that devises 22wicked plans, 23Feet that run rapidly to evil, 19 A 24false witness who utters lies, And one who j25spreads strife among brothers. 20 26My son, observe the commandment of your father And do not forsake the kteaching of your mother; 21 27Bind them continually on your heart; Tie them around your neck. 22 When you 28walk about, lthey will guide you; When you sleep, mthey will watch over you; And when you awake, nthey will talk to you. 23 For 29the commandment is a lamp and the oteaching is light; And reproofs for discipline are the way of life 24 To 30keep you from the evil woman, From the smooth tongue of the padulteress. 25 31Do not desire her beauty in your heart, Nor let her capture you with her 32eyelids. 26 For 33on account of a harlot one is reduced to a loaf of bread, And qan adulteress 34hunts for the precious life. 27 Can a man rtake fire in his bosom And his clothes not be burned? 28 Or can a man walk on hot coals And his feet not be scorched? 29 So is the one who 35goes in to his neighbor's wife; Whoever touches her 36will not sgo unpunished. 30 tMen do not despise a thief if he steals To 37satisfy uhimself when he is hungry; 31 But when he is found, he must 38repay sevenfold; He must give all the vsubstance of his house. 32 The one who commits adultery with a woman is 39lacking wsense; He who would 40destroy xhimself does it. 33 Wounds and disgrace he will find, And his reproach will not be blotted out. 34 For 41jealousy yenrages a man, And he will not spare in the 42day of vengeance. 35 He will not zaccept any ransom, Nor will he be aasatisfied though you give many bbgifts.
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